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August 10, 2022

Rock Legend Calls Biden a “War Criminal”

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters kicked up controversy over comments he made about President Joe Biden.

During his This Is Not a Drill solo concert tour, Waters displays an image of Biden in a montage of “war criminals.”

The 78-year-old legendary rocker defended the move during an interview on CNN’s Smerconish.

Waters told host Michael Smerconish that Biden is “fueling the fire in the Ukraine,” calling it a “huge crime.”

The Pink Floyd co-founder said: “Why won’t the United States of America encourage [Volodymyr] Zelensky, [Ukraine’s] president, to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war?”

Later in the interview, Waters said the conflict between Russia and Ukraine was the “action and reaction of Nato pushing right up to the Russian border.”

“Try and figure out what the United States would do if the Chinese were putting nuclear-armed missiles into Mexico or Canada,” he added.

Waters’ comments were polarizing, with some voicing support and one critic saying he’s “been living on The Dark Side of the Moon.”


Source: The Hill

March 16, 2022

Hillary Thanks Russia For ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mockingly expressed gratitude to Russia for imposing sanctions on her, thanking them for the “lifetime achievement award.”

Clinton was among the 13 high-profile US individuals that the Russian Foreign Ministry announced sanctions against, including President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

“I want to thank the Russian Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the 13 individuals were placed on a “stop-list,” saying the move was “an inevitable consequence of the extreme Russophobic course taken by the current US administration.”


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Hillary Clinton thanks Russia for ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of sanctions

March 16, 2022

Russia Imposes Sanctions on Biden

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Russia has imposed personal sanctions on several top U.S. figures, including President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had imposed “personal sanctions against representatives of the U.S. leadership and persons associated with them.”

The sanctions came “in response to a series of unprecedented sanctions banning, among other things, entry into the United States for top officials of the Russian Federation.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki shrugged off the sanctions when asked about their impact at a media conference.

“I would first note that President Biden is a junior, so they may have sanctioned his dad, may he rest in peace,” Psaki said.

“The second piece I would say is that, it won’t surprise any of you, that none of us are planning tourist trips in Russia. None of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access. So we will forge ahead.”

March 15, 2022

UN: ‘Bone Chilling’ Nuclear Development

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned that Russia using nuclear weapons during its invasion of Ukraine is “within the realm of possibility.”

“The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility,” Guterres said. “It is time to stop the horror unleashed on the people of Ukraine and get on the path of diplomacy and peace.”

Guterres said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s earlier decision to put his nuclear forces on high alert was a “bone-chilling development.”

Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, said that Washington’s nuclear alert levels have not changed.

“The United States has not adjusted our nuclear posture, but it is something that we monitor day by day, hour by hour because it is a paramount priority to the president,” he said.

In addition to calling for nuclear facilities in the country to be safeguarded, Guterres said the U.N. is allocating $40 million from its Central Emergency Response fund to assist Ukrainians.

“This funding will help get critical supplies of food, water, medicines and other lifesaving aid into the country as well as provide cash assistance,” Guterres said.


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Nuclear war ‘within the realm of possibility,’ UN secretary general warns

March 15, 2022

Fox News Reporter Injured in Ukraine

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
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A Fox News journalist was injured in Ukraine while covering the invasion of Russian troops.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed that Benjamin Hall, the network’s State Department correspondent, was injured and is currently hospitalized.

“This is news that we hate to pass along to you, but it sometimes happens in the middle of a conflict,” host John Roberts said.

Roberts said the network was privy to “very few details” and that teams were “working to gather more information.”

“The safety of our Fox team is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” Roberts said. “More on this as we get it.”  

Hall has been with the network since 2015. He has previously reported from the front lines in Syria and Iraq.

“Covering a war is dangerous business,” Fox News anchor Bret Baier said. “Please keep all of the crews on the ground – and the people there in your prayers – but today – especially Ben.” 

News of the incident comes days after American journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Ukraine while covering the Russian invasion.

Members of the Biden administration acknowledged Hall’s injury during briefings on Monday.

“Our thoughts, the president’s thoughts, our administration’s thoughts are with him, his family, and all of you at Fox News,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“We certainly wish him all the best a speedy recovery and a safe return,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “This is a war that didn’t need to be fought … [but] there are journalists from around the world on the ground trying to discover the truth and to show that truth and to tell these important stories.” 


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Fox News journalist injured in Ukraine

March 12, 2022

Biden: This Would Be ‘World War III’

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President Joe Biden stressed that the U.S. and NATO allies would not fight Russia on the ground in Ukraine, saying it would “World War III.”

“We’re going to continue to stand together with our allies in Europe and send an unmistakable message. We will defend every single inch of NATO territory with the full might of the united and galvanized NATO,” Biden said after announcing additional sanctions on Russia on Friday.

“We will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. Direct conflict between NATO and Russia is World War III, something we must strive to prevent.”

The Biden administration has remained consistent that they have no intention of sending American troops into Ukraine to fight Russia, warning that doing so would lead to war with another nuclear power.

“The President and our NATO partners have not changed their assessment about their plans to send U.S. troops in,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.

Recently, several reports have asked if Russia using chemical weapons would trigger a U.S. military response.

Biden said Russia would pay a “severe price” if it were to carry out a chemical weapons attack.


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Biden: Direct conflict between NATO and Russia would be ‘World War III’

March 11, 2022

Here Are the 17 Lawmakers Who Voted Against the Russian Oil Ban

This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill banning Russian oil and approving additional sanctions against the Kremlin amid its attack on Ukraine.

The bill received wide bipartisan support with 414 lawmakers voting in favor.

Here are the 17 lawmakers who voted against the bill.

Democrats

  • Cori Bush (MO)
  • Ilhan Omar (MN)

Republicans

  • Andy Biggs (AZ)
  • Paul Gosar (AZ)

    “For a year we have been living with an ‘America last administration.’ This bill is a case in point on how Americans are the last priority and the Democrats will bend over to help anyone but the voters here,” Gosar said. 
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA)
  • Louie Gohmert (TX)

    “President Biden’s outrageously calloused original decision on his first day to make America and Europe dependent on Russia, Iran and Venezuela for oil while he chases a green new nightmare has made the world dangerous for democracy while funding those who will end our freedom,” Gohmert said. 
  • Chip Roy (TX)
  • Dan Bishop (N.C.)
  • Glenn Grothman (WI)
  • Tom Tiffany (WI)
  • Lauren Boebert (CO)
  • Matt Gaetz (FL)

    “I will not join them. Biden’s plan to replace Russian oil with Venezuelan or Iranian oil is needlessly foolish. It will make Americans poorer and less safe. My compassion for Ukrainians won’t force my hand to hurt my own people,” Gaetz said.  
  • Bill Posey (FL)
  • Clay Higgins (La.)
  • Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.)
  • Madison Cawthorn (N.C.)

    “The House had an opportunity tonight to stand up to Putin with strong legislation blocking Russian oil AND implementing America first energy policies,” Cawthorne said. “Instead, the ‘Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act’ was nothing more than virtue signaling by Nancy Pelosi and House Dems.”
  • Thomas Massie (KY)

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The 17 lawmakers who voted against the Russian oil ban

March 10, 2022

Kremlin Accuses US of Declaring ‘Economic War’

The Kremlin accused the U.S. of declaring economic war on Russia, putting the White House on notice that it was considering its response to a ban on Russian oil and energy imports.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described the move as hostile, saying it wreaked havoc on worldwide markets.

“The situation demands a rather deep analysis – those decisions announced by President Biden,” Peskov said. “If you are asking me what Russia is going to do – Russia is going to do what is necessary to defend its interests.”

“The United States definitely has declared economic war against Russia and is waging this war,” he said.

Peskov declined to provide further details on the precise nature of Russia’s response.

“You see the bacchanalia, the hostile bacchanalia, which the West has sown – and that of course makes the situation very difficult and forces us to think seriously,” Peskov said.

“We see that the situation on energy markets is developing rather turbulently – and we don’t know how far that turbulence will go.”

When asked about the Kremlin’s remarks, White House deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh said: “This is brutal and needless war of aggression. We’ve said all along, if the aggression escalates, so will the costs.”

“I wouldn’t call it an economic war. This is our way of demonstrating resolve,” he added.


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Kremlin tells United States to await response to “economic war”

March 8, 2022

US: ‘Very Credible’ Evidence of War Crimes in Ukraine

The U.S. has seen “very credible” evidence of war crimes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.

Blinken’s comments came during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, wherein he told host Jake Tapper: “[W]e’ve seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would constitute a war crime.”

“What we’re doing right now is documenting all of this, putting it all together, looking at it, and making sure that as people and the appropriate organizations and institutions investigate whether war crimes have been or are being committed, that we can support whatever they’re doing,” Blinken added.

“They’re very credible. And we’re documenting everything.”

Last week, the International Criminal Court said it has launched an investigation into allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed in Ukraine.


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Blinken: U.S. has seen “very credible” reports of war crimes in Ukraine

March 7, 2022

Russia Blocks Access to Facebook

Russia has blocked access to Facebook, the country’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, had previously restricted access to Russian state media accounts, which the Kremlin claims was a violation of “fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens.”

Meta restricted access to Russian state media on its platforms across the EU earlier this week after the European Commission said it will ban “the Kremlin’s media machine.”

The company also started demoting content linking to Russian state media outlets on Facebook and Instagram globally.

Roskomnadzor said Facebook restricted the Zvezda TV channel, the RIA Novosti news agency, Sputnik, Russia Today, the Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru information resources.

Russia says its laws prohibit efforts to prevent users access to Russian media on foreign Internet platforms.

The move is a part of a larger effort by Russia to silence dissent amid protests against the country’s invasion of Ukraine, Axios reports.

On Friday, Russian lawmakers approved legislation that threatens to imprison individuals for up to 15 years if they publish what Moscow deems to be “fake” information about the invasion.


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Russia blocks access to Facebook

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